How to make your Windows PC easier to use

Your Windows PC can do a lot for you and make your work faster if you know how to go about it.

To help your Windows PC adapt to you and not the other way around, you have many options. You can give some of these tips to make your Windows PC easier to use.

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Use voice typing to speak instead of typing.

With voice typing, you can enter text on your PC by speaking. Voice input uses online speech recognition, which is powered by Azure Speech Services.

Once you enable voice typing, it will start listening automatically. Wait for the “Listen…” alert before you start speaking.

Change how subtitles display on your Windows PC.

Captions let you read the words spoken in the audio portion of a video, TV show, or movie. To define how subtitles appear in Windows and some Windows applications, you can select one of the predefined subtitle options or customize an option to better suit your needs.

  1. Select (Start) > Settings > Accessibility > Captions.
  2. In Caption Style, expand the menu, select one of the predefined options and see how it looks in the preview.
  3. To customize the selected predefined option, select Edit, then modify the option details as desired.

Make it easier to focus on tasks with Focus Assist.

Windows offers plenty of ways to minimize distractions so it’s easier to focus on tasks. You can declutter your taskbar and simplify the Start menu, use Focus Assist to manage your notifications, and use Immersive Reader to minimize visual distractions while reading a webpage in Microsoft Edge.

Have the text read aloud with Narrator.

Narrator is a screen reader app built into Windows 10, so you don’t have to download or install anything. This guide describes how to use Narrator with Windows so you can start using apps, browsing the web, and more.

Below the table of contents, there’s a section about what’s new in Narrator.

Make your desktop screen easier to see with color filters.

If it’s hard to see what’s on the screen, apply a color filter. Color filters change the color palette on the screen and can help you distinguish items that differ only in color.

To use a color filter:

  1. To access accessibility settings on your computer, press Windows logo key + U or select Start > Settings > Accessibility. Select Color Filters. Enable the Color Filters switch. Select a color filter from the list. Try each filter to see which works best for you.

Make your Windows PC easier to hear.

Windows lets you convert stereo sound to a single channel so you can hear everything, even if you’re only using one headset. Select the Start button, then select Settings > Accessibility > Audio, then turn on the Mono Audio toggle.

Visually display audio alerts

If you’re having trouble hearing audio alerts, you can have your PC display them visually. Select the Start button, then select Settings > Accessibility > Audio.

Under Flash my screen during audio notifications, choose how you want to display audio alerts. You can choose to flash the title bar of the active window, the active window, or the entire screen when a notification arrives, instead of relying on sound alone.

FG and South Korea begin implementation of $13 million e-government project

The Federal Government and the South Korean Government, under the Korea Inter-Cooperation Agency (KOICA), have begun the implementation of the $13 million second phase of digital governance in Nigeria.

They made the announcement in Abuja during the kick-off partnership meeting of the project, themed “Building Project by Foundations towards Digital Governance in Nigeria”.

Speaking at the event, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Ali Pantami said that the launch of Phase II of the Nigeria E-Government Development Project, in collaboration with KOICA, is consistent with its mandate to use ICT to foster transparency in governance and improve the quality and cost-effectiveness of public service delivery in Nigeria.

The Minister, represented by the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Mr. William Alo, said the National Digital Economy Policy (NDEPS) (2020-2030) was developed and launched by President Muhammadu Buhari, to expedite the journey from the nation to a digital one. Nigeria and to diversify the Nigerian economy away from oil dependence.

“The policy is anchored on eight pillars for accelerating the national digital economy, namely regulating development; Literacy and digital skills; Solid infrastructure; service infrastructure; Development and promotion of digital services; Flexible infrastructure; Digital society and emerging technologies; and the development and adoption of Indigenous content,” he said.

He said that the implementation of the e-Government Development Project in Nigeria, in collaboration with KOICA, aligns with Pillar No. 2 of Digital Literacy and Skills, which has the policy objective of support the training and capacity building of public sector employees in the development and use of digital tools and applications to improve government service delivery.

He noted that the first phase of the project “E-Government Capacity Building Project in Nigeria (2013-2018)” started in 2013 with the support of KOICA, within the framework of bilateral cooperation between Nigeria and the government of the Republic of Korea.

He said that at the end of the implementation of the project, various achievements were recorded, including the establishment of an equipped e-Government Training Center (ETC), which was handed over to the Federal Government in November 2019; and conducting e-government capacity building programs, in various courses, for over 1,400 civil servants in Nigeria and South Korea.

Also speaking, the Republic of Korea’s Ambassador to Nigeria, Kim Young-chae, said the event further signified the friendly and flourishing bilateral relations between the two countries and was part of the bilateral relationship that has existed for over 40 years old.

“Korea’s success in developing e-government is described as one of the best success stories in the world. Admittedly, not all Korean e-government policies and interventions were successful, but there were many other aspects of unique Korean experiences that could be adapted to suit other partner countries.

“Therefore, the continued partnership in this field between Nigeria and Korea has provided an enabled platform for both of us to collaborate and make the most of the experiences that Korea has had.

“With today’s project funded by KOICA’s $13 million grant, it is expected to build capacity for the continued implementation of key initiatives of the national master plan. e-government, skills for e-government service delivery and the development of the government service portal.. This can also create increased access to NIN registration for ordinary people,” he said. declared.

NCC advises on automatic antivirus updates

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has advised telecom consumers and other Information and Communications Technology (ICT) end users to always enable the automatic updating features of AVAST and AVG Antivirus in order to prevent potential cyber vulnerabilities.

This was in a new notice issued by the Computer Security Incident Response Team (CSIRT), the cybersecurity center for the telecommunications sector set up by the Commission, in continuation of its determination to always keep Nigerians safe in cyberspace.

The advisory noted that the cyber vulnerability of AVAST and AVG Antivirus can lead to attacks on millions of devices with a high impact in terms of consequences for the ICT user. The threat types resulting from this vulnerability are bypass authentication, remote code execution, and unauthorized access, while the consequences range from privilege escalation, bypassing of security products, crashing of system components and corruption of the operating system.

According to CSIRT, researchers at security firm SentinelOne have discovered two potentially damaging vulnerabilities in AVAST and AVG antivirus products that allow attackers to escalate privileges allowing them to disable security products, overwrite system components , corrupt the operating system or perform malicious operations without hindrance.

“Two vulnerabilities identified as CVE-2022-26522 and CVE-2022-26523 targeted the Avast antivirus “Anti Rootkit” driver (also used by AVG) allowing an attacker with limited privileges on the targeted system to run code in system mode (kernel mode) and take full control of the device. In addition, the vulnerabilities allow a complete takeover of a device, even without privileges, due to the possibility of executing code in kernel mode. core,” the CSIRT said in the advisory.

However, the Cyber ​​Security Center has proposed a tripartite measure that should be taken by Internet/ICT users to avoid being vulnerable to cyber threats. They include activating the automatic update function of AVAST and AVG antivirus, upgrading AVAST and AVG antivirus to version 22.1.2504, as well as regular patch management.

Sources: https://www.microsoft.com and https://www.ncc.gov.ng

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